Trump offers condolences to Putin for plane crash, Kremlin says

Trump offers condolences to Putin for plane crash, Kremlin says

Trump offers condolences to Putin for plane crash, Kremlin says

Speaking at the start of their meeting in the Kremlin, Putin told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that he was just off the phone with Trump.

They also discussed North Korea's bid to develop nuclear weapons, with the White House explaining President Trump had "reiterated the importance" of ensuring the Stalinist dictatorship is denuclearized.

Trump has repeatedly complained that Russian Federation is not doing all he says it should to pressure North Korea to lay down its nuclear arms through stringent economic sanctions.

And there was a shift in President Trump's relationship with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, whose government has been attacking Trump's Jerusalem declaration and went as far as declaring Vice President Mike Pence persona non grata in Ramallah last time he asked to visit. "The United States and Israel have never discussed such a proposal, and the president's focus remains squarely on his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative".

"President Trump said that now is the time to work toward an enduring peace agreement", read a statement from the White House, sent late Monday.

Phyllis Bennis, author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict, doubts Trump's comments represent a policy shift by the US.

'It is very important for us to know your personal opinion in order to set the record straight and put in place a common approach to solve this problem, ' Putin told his guest.

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"We state that from now on we refuse to cooperate in any form with the U.S.in its status of a mediator, as we stand against its actions", Abbas told Putin.

Putin repeatedly has said he hopes Trump can follow through on his campaign promises to improve ties with Russian Federation and thinks pressure from Trump's opponents has gotten in the way.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said he and Tillerson had "discussed how to reach a solution for the Israel-Palestine conflict on the basis of a two state solution and the importance of maintaining USA efforts to reach this final settlement".

The White House's on-record denial of Netanyahu's claim, and the prime minister's swift reversal, was seen as an unprecedented clash between Jerusalem and the Trump administration. Top Palestinian officials condemned the move, saying it disqualified the US from playing the role of arbiter.

Starting bilateral talks with Abbas, Putin underlined "the depth and quality" of Russian-Palestinian ties, adding there is still much to be done.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Middle East conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem - now occupied by Israel - might one day serve as the capital of a Palestinian state.

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